Subarctic Gardening In Fairbanks, Alaska |

Subarctic Gardening In Fairbanks, Alaska

Welcome to!  This is our experience of gardening in the subarctic.

Here is the brief lay of the land:

  • Our Topics section covers deep dives into various cold climate gardening techniques and methods we use for family-scale subarctic food production.
  • If you are looking for an Interior Alaska seed planting schedule, we have published ours here.
  • Check out our Resources for a comprehensive compilation of gardening essentials within the Interior of Alaska.
  • If you’re a new cold climate gardener, check out our tips and tricks for new gardeners!
  • You can check out our Blog for various updates on our current activity.
  • If you would like to track us on social media, you can find us on Facebook and Pinterest!

The Frosty Gardens

We are a couple of active gardeners that moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2015.  Though we were practiced cold climate growers, the interior of Alaska has pushed everything we know about cold climate gardening to a whole new level.

We currently operate several gardens in Fairbanks, Alaska:

  • 1,600 square foot in-ground food garden at Fairbanks Community Garden.
  • 160 square foot off-grid raised bed food garden
  • 100 site off-grid sub-irrigated container food garden
  • 48 square foot off-grid raised bed perennial flower garden
  • 64 square foot off-grid raised bed annual cut flower garden
  • 36 square foot off-grid raised bed perennial food garden
  • Two whiskey barrel experimental perennial container gardens
  • A subarctic food forest of many food bearing perennial plants

Subarctic gardening pushed us, as gardeners, to develop an entire ecosystem around extreme cold climate food production.  It is a fascinating topic that has taken us years to get good at.  We are still nowhere near masters.

It is our desire to explore larger scale semi-urban subarctic gardening and other ideas to expand our self-sustainability with regard to food.  Subarctic food security is a big deal for us.

We will continue to refine our systems and techniques to make subarctic gardening easier and more successful.  Our personal goal is to grow and forage as much food as we can without having to become full-time farmers.

What Can You Learn At Frosty Garden?

While we are specifically gardening in Fairbanks, Alaska, the techniques and methods we promote are relevant to any cold climate gardener.

Whenever sensible, we try to focus on low-budget or DIY gardening solutions, but we also don’t shy away from the right commercial solutions.  We also advocate for community gardening in our gardening efforts.  While growing your own food does need some investment, it doesn’t have to be expensive.

We have experience using a variety of growing techniques including traditional gardening, permaculture, container gardening, indoor gardening and hydroponics.

You will see us growing everything from your traditional cool weather crops to those known for hot weather such as tomatoes and peppers!

You are invited to take part in our blog, ask questions, offer tips and tricks of your own!  Point out our mistakes or omissions!  We warmly welcome other local Alaskan and other cold climate gardeners and hope that we can build up public knowledge together.

We hope that you enjoy your stay here at!